Drypoint print, 25 x 32 cm, 2019
This work depicts the Dhuwa moiety Mäṉa (shark), who inhabits this site named Wandangurr at the boundary of Datiwuy and Wangurri clan estates east of Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island). The rarrk (cross-hatching) represents salt water currents through which Mäṉa swims.
This is where the Yirritja moiety Gapu Gularri (fresh water) and Dhuwa moiety Gupu Murupu (salt water) mix to create Gapu Moṉuk .This represents the ceremonial relationship between Datiwuy (Dhuwa) and Wangurri (Yirritja) Clans. Yolŋu call this ceremonially binding relationship Yothu Yindi. Yothu Yindi can be translated as ‘mother and child’ however it is symbolic of all interdependent relationships.
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